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It was just what was needed at the beginning of the pandemic, even though few knew it at the time. It's still needed now. The It Takes a Village — Willmar Facebook group has helped people get help, look for advice and find lost pets.
Columnist Jessie Veeder reflects on having to take a backseat to her family's pack of dogs. "Why?" she asks. "Because heaven absolutely forbid, we ask the dog to move. Nope. No one say a thing about it."
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The 4-year-old English Setter won best of the sport group — a first for a female of her breed.
Dr. Katie Wolf heard about the veterinarian job opening at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic in Park River, North Dakota, from her grandfather, Agweek reader Robert “Bob” Wolf.
Just because an animal is outdoors doesn’t mean it’s not loved and cared for or doesn’t have a home. It’s common for the animals of Red Lake to adopt families instead of the other way around. While off the reservation these animals would be considered stray or feral, here they’re family.
Every walk with Nova is a new adventure and provides me with not only cardio exercise, but also training in patience and sometimes, resistance work.

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A devastating wreck 16 years ago left Tammy Hiltner in pain, and daily tasks became progressively harder to do. But one year ago, she met Magnum, 4-year-old black British lab, trained by Can Do Canines in New Hope, Minnesota.
The overwork and staffing shortages of the pandemic have affected veterinarians as much as other doctors and nurses, and dealing with the constant moral dilemmas and emotional output was driving many to burn out even before 2020. The mean salary for vets is about $110,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half that of physicians catering to people.
When winter thaws and spring sets in, skunks and other critters come out to explore their world. If you or your dog encounters a skunk and becomes a spray target, the odor can make you tear up and get nauseous. In this "Health Fusion" column, Viv Williams looks into why skunk spray is so awful and she offers tips on how to get rid of it.

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